With Napolitano's Exit, New Opportunities for the Department of Homeland Security?

Monday, July 15, 2013

U.S. Secretary of US Homeland Security Janet Napolitano during a press conference November 15, 2010 at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. U.S. Secretary of US Homeland Security Janet Napolitano during a press conference November 15, 2010 at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced late last week that she will be resigning from her post to become the president of the University of California system.

Her resignation comes at a time when the Department of Homeland Security—which includes the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency—could be facing big changes—if the House of Representatives can muster the votes necessary to pass an immigration reform bill.

Napolitano’s departure raises an interesting question: Could her resignation actually help immigration reform’s prospects?

Michael Chertoff is the former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the challenges associated with running the Department of Homeland Security, and how this announcement might impact the immigration overhaul being mulled in Congress.

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Michael Chertoff

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